Image of Hope Ranch

​In Memory of Trigger​​

​​You Taught Me
You taught me each day's a new chance
to love the unloved, help the helpless.

My heart aches, the tears flow, but life goes on.

You taught me compassion in all circumstances
to feel others hurt and show God's love.
My heart aches, the tears flow, but life goes on.
You taught me to lead, to stand firm in my belief,
be strong and be brave and taught others the same.
My heart aches, the tears flow, but life goes on.
You taught me to find happiness and joy
to kick up my heels and enjoy each day.
My heart hurts, the tears flow, but life goes on.
You taught me to hope and brought hope to the hopeless
your life was of value, your memories live on.
My heart aches, the tears flow, ​but life goes on.                   
                                                       Alisha Shank.​

Trigger came to the ranch June 17, 2014.  His owners Madison and Sierra purchased him with money they had earned by babysitting and cleaning.  He was a great teacher for them and they spent a lot of time grooming and riding him.  Sadly they had to move away and could not take him with them so they gave him to the ranch so he could help others.  That is exactly what he did. 
Trigger was one of the favorite horses at Image of Hope Ranch.  He had this amazing way of making a connection with whoever he was with.  He helped them feel loved and special .  If you needed a hug he would wrap his head and neck around you.  He gave you his shoulder to cry on and taught you how to be a leader.  
The last week of Trigger's life was very painful for him.  He always had a way of telling me when he was hurting.  He would take his nose and repeatedly push my shoulder.  A team of people who cared very much for him tried very hard to help  Trigger recover.  Walking him, talking to him, doctoring him and hauling him to MSU.  Thank you all for the time you committed to him.  
In the end it was just his time, but Trigger being the very sensitive horse he was, left me with a happy goodbye memory.  From Friday to Monday evening Trigger spent most of his time in the arena.  A big part of the time someone was with him.  By Monday evening it was difficult to keep him standing.  He told me he was in pain by pushing me with his nose.  After a while he just laid his head against me and rested for about 1/2 hour.  Then all of a sudden he took off walking and I just followed him.  He walked out of the arena into the stall barn and started walking by each horse's stall sometimes stopping.  He made 3 laps around both barns and then went back to the arena and rested his head on me again.  I believe he was telling his friends goodbye just as he told me goodbye by laying his head against me. 

Goodbye Trigger, we will always love you.

There once was a horse named Trigger.
He was bigger than BIGGER!
​When I first met him, I was hurting inside with pains of this life.
The times I spent with him took away my strife.
He was such a beautiful horse to me.
He was my best friend that could ever be!
I was the last to ever ride him one day.
Several months later I got a call.
He was gone forever, to my dismay.
                        Rex Long